"If thieves came to you, if robbers in the night-- Oh, what a disaster awaits you-- would they not steal only as much as they wanted? If grape pickers came to you, would they not leave a few grapes?16
But how Esau will be ransacked, his hidden treasures pillaged!
All your allies2 will force you to the border; your friends will deceive and overpower you; those who eat your bread3 will set a trap for you,a but you will not detect it.
"In that day," declares the LORD, "will I not destroy4 the wise men of Edom, men of understanding in the mountains of Esau?
Your warriors, O Teman,5 will be terrified, and everyone in Esau's mountains will be cut down in the slaughter.
Because of the violence6 against your brother Jacob,7 you will be covered with shame; you will be destroyed forever.811
On the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots9 for Jerusalem, you were like one of them.1012
You should not look down11 on your brother in the day of his misfortune,12 nor rejoice13 over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction,14 nor boast15 so much in the day of their trouble.1613
You should not march through the gates of my people in the day of their disaster, nor look down on them in their calamity17 in the day of their disaster, nor seize their wealth in the day of their disaster.
You should not wait at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives,18 nor hand over their survivors in the day of their trouble.
"The day of the LORD is near19 for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds20 will return upon your own head.
Just as you drank21 on my holy hill,22 so all the nations will drink23 continually; they will drink and drink and be as if they had never been.2417
But on Mount Zion will be deliverance;25 it will be holy,26 and the house of Jacob will possess its inheritance.2718
The house of Jacob will be a fire and the house of Joseph a flame; the house of Esau will be stubble, and they will set it on fire28 and consume29 it. There will be no survivors30 from the house of Esau." The LORD has spoken.
People from the Negev will occupy the mountains of Esau, and people from the foothills will possess the land of the Philistines.31 They will occupy the fields of Ephraim and Samaria,32 and Benjamin33 will possess Gilead.
This company of Israelite exiles who are in Canaan will possess [the land] as far as Zarephath;34 the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad will possess the towns of the Negev.3521
Deliverers36 will go up onb Mount Zion to govern the mountains of Esau. And the kingdom will be the LORD's.37